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By Hj Amde Sidik- Deputy President of SAPP
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would like to respond to Sabah PAS's Chairman, Hamzah Abdullah in his
response to my statement yesterday in Daily Express, 26 January 2011
written in Bahasa "PAS Sabah kecewa kenyataan SAPP", on issue of
Anti-Apostate law (my earlier press statement was published in Daily
Express on 24/01/2011)
Let me briefly tell Hamzah Abdullah without indulging so much into
There are a few theories so far have been practiced in Malaysia
regarding the use of religion for political purpose if not for
political convenience or expedience. Among others are: some say, don't
ever mix religion with politics, as there are two separate things.
Some would say, Islam is everything else, its a way of life, it engulfs
politics, economic, social, etc. And while another may say use anything
or everything in moderation, even religious people would say that.
Malaysia, which has similar multi-religious population make up as
others, is not exempted.
Based on those theories I don't know where does Hamzah Abdullah stand?
While my reading based on my acquaintance with some PAS political
leaders in Peninsular, which to me Hamzah Abdullah is a bit behind
time. I'm saying this in the context of politics. I know he has been
longer in politic compare with me that downgrading his seniority might
not be too nice to say.
I've been following the development of PAS as political party; I see
how far have they've shifted from the unworkable PAS Islamic political
model of the past into the workable Islamic model as of now. Should it
remain, as it were,PAS wouldn't be as PAS today. All it did in my view
is, for the good and maturity of Malaysian politics.
Can Hamzah Abdullah not see this? I'm sure PAS leader like Khalid Samad
or Sallehuddin Ayub wouldn't write a word biadap to me like what Hamzah
What actually word biadap is? It means in Malay tiada adap,
no manner, but I think in Malay the connotation is a bit stronger than
in English is.
I don't see in the Quran that Muslims are encouraged to use language
like that -the so called Muslim leader. That isn't for the good of
Islam but may be for him is, for good of is politics.
Voters should take note of this. Good Muslim wouldn't do that.
In my statement did I attack anyone personally?
Hamzah said Islam religion is above everything else (agong),
which means to say, above any other fields that must include politics,
but in his case he was indeed politicking. This political talk with the
intention is to score political mileage. To me, it looks politic for
Hamzah is above religion, is he not contradicting himself?
One crucial thing that I must ask Hamzah, how much does he know about
SAPP, how far different is our practice of Islam in SAPP than those
practiced Islam in PAS Or else for a bigger picture how far different
is it Islam in Saudi Arabia compare with Islam in Sabah?
Wonder if God treat Muslim differently because one is PAS political
follower and another is SAPP political party follower or even UMNO. If
Hamzah can differentiate, and if there are differences this country is
I must respond this because Hamzah said, Orang yang tidak kena
jangan campuri urusan berkaitan dengan hal-ehwal Islam as if we are
not Muslim or else our Islam is different in SAPP - what kind of
Malaysia leader is he?
My view, Hamzah isn't representing PAS national Party but purely trying
stealing limelight for political mileage.
In as far as I can anticipate he can forgo his Islamic expertise and
concentrate in politics more, let see if he is not using religion as
I'm prepared to have any debate on his issue if there is any offers.
Let me recap what in my earlier statement (24 January 2011) was. I was
merely interpreting the law of the country. I read law both
undergraduate and postgraduate and I was also law lecturer at
universities both local and foreign universities, thus, I think I'm
competent to debate the issue given a space. Any difference in
interpretations our Court of law would settle, is this not a fair
In another, where did I mention that I'm putting aside the supremacy of
Islam? (mengetapi keagongan Islam?)
Where did I mention about Singapore incident in my statement?
There procedures - the laws, in running good governance, among them
are: citizen's participation, comments, and debates, open to public to
study and analyze, and get other views.
Didn't you Hamzah read the history of Islamic Empire during the reign
of Caliphate of Cordoba in Spain 929-1031, where all communities asked
to participate, regardless their back religious background and
expertise. And all but were invited to give their view before laws were
If the idea of PAS Sabah is to topple BN they should be an effort to
consolidate energy among opposition components and be constructive not
I'm sure BN components in Sabah are laughing when there is a squabble
among oppositions. For me it's pure stupidity!